I'm needing to take a break from the tarot rug posts for just a bit! Back to those shortly.
I'm missing Zentangle®, drawing, and my other usual activities. So tonight I indulged myself with a new tangle, Mollygon.
That's my first-ever attempt above.
Below are some variations created with an iPhone app.
I was also busy in the studio in the last 2 days, working on the finishing for my nearly-done rug. The finishing process, which is tedious (I still enjoy it), seems to take forever but I'm almost there. I may get it all done tomorrow. A photo of that is coming once it's completely done.
I created the label for it this evening:
That will get sewn onto the back of the finished rug once I've completed all the other finishing.
I whipped out my sewing machine yesterday--I haven't touched it in years--and spent quite a while hemming the edges of the Moon & Clouds rug which I will be punching. Since I don't own a serger, I zig-zagged around the outer edge 3x. And did the same with the inner edge where I'll be trimming it once I'm done. That is one BIG rug.
Today I drew out a new design for a second, new, traditionally hooked rug. Below you can see the background wool I'm thinking of using at the bottom of the photo, plus just a little bit of the backing where I've begun drawing the pattern. There will be more to the pattern, but I'll have to wait until I can get back to the studio in the morning to finish drawing.
Lastly, I am tossing in a picture of this cute felted pouch I've had for years and rediscovered recently. I wish I could remember who made it and where I got it. I think it's so well done, and it's also useful for carrying supplies.
Back to my experience with the sewing machine for a minute: It's been at least 3-4 years since I've used it. I remember that the last time I used it I had a bit of trouble threading the needle, even with my reading glasses.
Yesterday? I couldn't even SEE the needle, let alone the hole. With my (now even stronger) reading glasses.
It took me 25 minutes--no joke--to get it threaded. I'd still be there, trying and failing, if I hadn't managed to scrounge up a needle threader after getting completely desperate, and even with the threader it took me another ten minutes to get the job done.
After I left yesterday I went straight to the sewing store and bought every variety of needle threader they have. I don't want to go through that again. Sad, sad, sad. As Joni Mitchell would say, "You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone."
Well, it's definitely gone! Boo hoo hoo.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project